Seeing the crowd of more than 13,000 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's homecoming game against Appalachian State last Saturday was the deciding factor for Logan Teichmann.
That night, the right tackle from Brentwood High School committed to the Mocs.
"I really wanted to see what the games were like and how many fans were at the game and what the community support was like," he said. "I needed to know that people actually cared about the football program, and once I saw that they did, that was the last thing I needed."
The crowd of 13,726 was the sixth-largest to see a UTC game at Finley Stadium.
Teichmann's father, Jack, was a kicker for the Mocs in the early 1980s, and his older brother, Chase, is a sophomore student at UTC. Jack Teichmann is fourth all-time at UTC in career field goals with 31.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound lineman said his final two schools were UTC and Western Kentucky, which plays in the Football Bowl Subdivision and recently upset Kentucky. The Hilltoppers' play this season caused the UTC-leaning Teichmann to reconsider WKU, but not for long.
"Western just wasn't as good a fit for me, and I decided that UTC was pretty much perfect," he said.
Teichmann is the Mocs' third commitment for 2013, joining offensive lineman Hunter Townson of Ider (Ala.) High School and quarterback Alejandro Bennifield of Lovejoy High in Georgia.
More touches for QBs
Mocs coach Russ Huesman said during his Tuesday media luncheon that quarterbacks Jacob Huesman and Terrell Robinson need the ball in their hands a lot more often than they had in the 34-17 loss to Appalachian State. Officially, they had a combined 13 rushing attempts, and four of those were sacks.
"Whether it's Terrell at quarterback and Jacob somewhere else or Jacob at quarterback and Terrell somewhere else, or Terrell not in the game and Jacob at quarterback, or Jacob not in the game and Terrell at quarterback -- they have to touch the ball," Coach Huesman said. "And if they're not carrying it, there has to be a threat of them having the ball in their hands every time."
The coach said the two quarterbacks should have a combined "25 touches" a game.
Voting at GSU
Students at Georgia Southern began voting Tuesday on whether they are willing to increase their tuition each semester to help their football program expand Paulson Stadium and raise the money needed to move to the FBS.
Students will vote on a $25 fee increase for the stadium expansion and a $75 hike to raise funds for a possible FBS move.
"The stadium expansion is going to benefit us immediately," GSU coach Jeff Monken said during Tuesday's Southern Conference media teleconference, "and the FBS thing, that's a decision for our university to make. This vote is only so that we can position ourselves [for a possible move up]."
John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...